Military Reshuffle Signals a Political Landscape in Motion
[African Arguments]In September 2014, the Congolese government carried out a reorganization of its armed forces (FARDC). Congo is a huge country covering many local realities, each of which has its own threats, balance of power, conflict potential and economic assets.
Bemba's Lawyer, Aides Released
[Bemba Trial Website]Today, Jean Pierre Bemba's former lead defense lawyer and two associates were released from International Criminal Court (ICC) detention. The trio, along with another former lawyer to the Congolese opposition leader, had been held in The Hague for nearly a year on accusations of bribing witnesses and forging evidence.
The DRC and Its Neighbourhood - the Political Economy of Peace
[SAIIA]On 24 February 2013, 11 African countries signed the Addis Ababa Framework Agreement designed to bring peace to the Great Lakes Region, in particular the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has been in the grip of armed conflict for two decades.
Congo Protests Against UN Peacekeepers
[Deutsche Welle]Protestors in eastern Congo accuse UN peacekeepers of failing to do enough to protect them from lethal attacks by rebels. Some Congolese are now arming themselves and joining militia groups out of desperation.
UN Mission Comes Under Attack, Steps Up Security
[UN News]The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, known as MONUSCO, has stepped up its security following several attacks on its bases in North Kivu, including one this morning, when a large number of youths converged on the premises, and another yesterday which required the evacuation of 12 staff members.
Congo Doctor Denis Mukwege Wins Europe's Top Human Rights Prize
[Thomson Reuters Foundation]London -A Nobel-prize nominated Congolese gynaecologist who survived an attempt on his life in 2012 has won the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for helping victims of sexual violence in his country.
Recalled Witness in Bemba Trial to Testify in Closed Session
[Bemba Trial Website]All testimony by a prosecution witness who was recalled by International Criminal Court (ICC) judges to give evidence on issues of witness credibility in the trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba will be heard in closed session.
Cheers for a Hero
[HRW]In a move that will surely draw a collective cheer from thousands of women whose lives have been destroyed by brutal sexual violence, the European Parliament announced that Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege won the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. I am cheering with them.
Judge Orders Interim Release of Bemba Lawyers
[Bemba Trial Website]An International Criminal Court (ICC) judge has ordered the release of the former head of Congolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba's defense team, AimeÃÂ Kilolo Musamba, and former case manager Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo.
Gynaecologist Wins Rights Prize
[Deutsche Welle]The 2014 Sakharov Prize, one of Europe's most prestigious human rights accolades, will go to the Congolese physician Denis Mukwege for his treatment of the victims of gang rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Four Bemba Associates Get Interim Release
[Hirondelle]Arusha -The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday ordered the provisional release of four suspects close to Congolese Senator and former Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba, "to avoid that the duration of the pre-trial detention become disproportionate".
Angola-S. Africa-DRC Approve Secretariat Mechanism
[ANGOP]Luanda -Angola, South Africa and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have approved the structure and composition of their secretariat mechanism.
EU Human Rights Prize for Congolese Doctor
[Deutsche Welle]European lawmakers have awarded Denis Mukwege the Sakharov prize for his work in helping thousands of gang rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Importance of Tripartite Mechanism Highlighted
[ANGOP]Luanda -The governments of Angola, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last Wednesday highlighted the importance of setting up the Tripartite Mechanism of Dialogue and Co-operation.
Trilateral Co-Operation Should Contribute to Lasting, Strategic Partnership
[ANGOP]Luanda -The minister of Foreign Affairs, Georges Chikoti, last Wednesday in Luanda defended a trilateral co-operation involving Angola, South Africa and DR Congo, based on principles that stimulate development and contribute to the establishment of a lasting and strategic partnership, as well as harmonise the political, economic and social relations.
Democratic Republic of the Congo - ICRC Concerned By Violence Against Civilians in North Kivu
[PR Newswire]Geneva -Following two deadly attacks that took place in the cities of BÃ©ni and Eringeti, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has transferred 14 casualties by air to Goma's Ndosho Hospital.
Newspaper Publisher Held for Past Two Months Over Article
[RSF]Reporters Without Borders is appalled that newspaper publisher Mike Mukebayi has been held without any justification for the past two months because of a libel suit. The length of his pre-trial detention is out of all proportion, especially as judicial examination of the case has not yet begun.
Ban Deplores Expulsion of UN Rights Officer
[UN News]Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned last week's decision by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to expel from the country its top United Nations human rights official, saying that doing so can "only be harmful for the country's progress" and urged the Government to reconsider its position.
The Ebola You Haven't Heard About
[Chatham House]As the world has rightly focused on the response to the terrible outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, and the new cases in Europe and the US, another unrelated Ebola outbreak has taken place in the Equateur province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
UN Envoy Praises Efforts of SADC/ICGLR Countries Stabilizing DRC
[ANGOP]Luanda -The special envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, Said Djinnit praised on Monday in Luanda, the efforts and determination of the ICGLR and SADC member countries in the stabilization of the eastern DR Congo (DRC).